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good morning. breaking news. nbc news has learned high-ranking democratic senator chris dodd of connecticut will not seek re-election. this just hours after another senate democrat announced his own plans to retire. so, what does it say about the state of the democratic party? more on the way. a secondurge of even colder air set to move in as a huge portion of the nation grale with the longest stretch of cold weather in decades. and tragic lif and death. new details emerge about casey johnn, the 30-year-old heiress
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to the johns & johnson family fortune, and h s was living in her final months today, wednesday, january 6th, 2010. captns paid for by nbc-universal television and good moing. welcome to "toda on a wednesday mornin i'm matt lauer. >> and i'm meredith vieira. do you hear thatnoise? >> what is it? >> it's the buzzi in washingt with news that two prominent democrats may be leaving the senate. >> is absolutely true. chri dodd of connecticut and north dakota's byron dorgan both haveerd in whingto for nearly 30 years. they chair some key senate committees, and their departures ll have a major impact on both parties for this year's midterm elections. so, what could it all meanor washington's political landscape? president obama and much more? we'll talk abouthat in just little while. also ahead, speaking of president obama, he blasted the
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intelligence committee on tuesday for failing to connect the dots on that aempt pne bombing. in fact, he called the incident a screw-up, this as new video surfaced of a third party crasher showing him walking right through the white house's front doort that now infamous ate dinner. so, ould people be losing their jobs over these debacles? we will get into that. ready to say aww? >> aww! >> tt's right. wel take a lookt the san diego zoo's baby panda, ready to make his public debut, and we've got an exclusive fir look at that little guy. the world is probably going to fall in love wi. >>'m sure. but we begin with thatews out of washington this morning that two democratic senators will retire. nbc'sndrea mitchell is in washington with the very latest andrea, good morning to you. >> good morning, meredith. well, the big news, of urse, that veteran democratic senator chris dodd of connecticut, faltering in the polls, will not run for anotherterm. this is a seat once held by his late father. dodd had been in trouble at home since he ran for president in 2008, actually moving his family to iowa. that angered connecticut voters.
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he also t caught up in the banking mess, when as the head of the sene bankingcommittee, he had to acknowledge receiving what wasescribed as favorable treatment on a home mortgage of course, his close friend in the u.s. senate, senator ted kennedy, died last summer. that was a major blow. dodd then picked up kennedy's mantle on health care legislation, but he's also spear-heading a comomise on landmark banking regulation. thatould now falter if dodd loses clt as a lam duck. dodd's decision to retire became knn only few hours after another democratic stalwart, senator byron dorga said he woul't run. he was also challenged at home. and senate majority leader reid di't know in advance of eier decision. he faces a tough election this year. >> how significant is the timing of these announcements and what do you think it will mean psychologically and symbolically for the democrats who face a tough november coming up? >> it's huge. do's decision could actually
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improve democratic chances in their state. there is a popular attorney general, richard blumenthal there. so thehave a chae of holding that seat. dorgan's seat wl probably be ken by north kota's republicans, may the governor if he chooses to run. now also, democrati governor bill ritter believedo be once a rising star in theparty, says for faly reasons, he is not seeking aecond term. ese senate resignatis could make it harder for the democra to keep their 60-vote ruling edge in the senate and also could make it harder for the president to copal together those coalitions he nee on healthare and other kbis. >> ias going to ask you, wha es it an forhe presidt, and you sweredt for us. anea mitell, tnk you so much for your perspecte. >> you be >>t is 7:04. here'smatt. in tking about the presidt, there was blunt talk om psident obama o tuesday when it comes to t failed christmas day attack on a u.s. airliner. he called the entire performance of the intelligence community not acceptable. nbc'savannah guthrie's at the white house with more on that. savannah, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, matt.
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aides inside the meeting say the president gave agency heads a stern rebuke, telling them point blank this is a screw-up that could have had tragic implications, but for now, the president is standing by his team. no heads rolling yet. the president emerged from the nearly two-hour meeting and put the blame squarely on the inlligence community. >> when a suspected trorist is able to board a plane with explosives on christmas day,he system has failed in a potentially disastrous way. >> rorter: the president said poinblank, the attempted atta wou have been avoided if intelligence agencies had eced together the information they already had in their possession, iludi the red flag that al qaeda in the arabian peninsula intended to strike targets in the u.s. >> this was not a failure to collect intelligence, it was failure to integrate and understand the intelligence that we already had. so, we have to do better and we will do betr and we have to do
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itquickly. american lives a on the line. >> reporter: inside the meetin the president said he would tolerate no finger-pointing, and aides say agency heads wer quick to identif where their own deptments had failed. but are jobs on the line? while promising accotability, the white house has signaled support f homand security secretary janet napolitano, despite early miteps. >> the system worked. >> reporte and aides say the esident is withholding judgment on th fates of other top officials until the review by counter terror chief john brennan is complete in a matter of days. >> the breakdown was information-sharing d lack of creative thiing whin the intelligence comnity. what the president has to do is assure that situation doesn't happen in t future. >> reporter: alread the administraon has add more explosives dettion teams at airports and mor air marshals onflights. dozens of nam have been added to the no-fly list, hundred more to a list requing secondary passenger screening. and the state departmen will
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now require warning about potential terrorists to ilude current visa information. >> in short, we need our intelligence, homeland security and lawenforcement systems and the people in them to be accountable an to work as intended, not justost of the time, but all of the time. >> reporter: well, the president also announced he's suspending transfers of yemeni prisoners who we in guantanamo back to yemen for theime being, but he says guantanamo will close as planned, altugh as we know, matt, the deadline, which was pposed to be later this month, has slipped. >> all right, sannah, thanks very much. savannah guthrie at the whi house. fox news contributor dana perino served as white house press secretary for president george w. bush. anita dunn is the former white house communicaons director for president oba. ladies, od morning to both of you. >> gd morning. >> good mornin matt. and hpy new ar, dana. >> thank you >> thank you to both of you. dana, le me start with you and this failedttempt to blow up northwest airlines flight 3. a lot of problems, a lot of mistakes.
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the president now say the system failed in potentially disastrous way, intelligence was not fully analyzed or fully leveraged, it's not acceptable, i will not tolateit. so, simple question -- does someone have to lose his or her job over this? >> i don't necessarily think so. i think tt president obama has to make those decisions. a lot of peopleake up in the morning when they work on capitol hill and say i'm going to call for somebody's regnation today. i think possibly president obama thinks that would be very disruptive to the current system. no one way to change -- >> but if you put a system i place and you put key people into that system, in important positions, and the fail collectively -- >> well, that's why he ordered review, and i think that he's doing th right thing in checking it all out. i do think that initially, the first reaction, the first statement from president obama was that this was an isolated incident, an isolated person that is dangerous. i would like to know, how did he -- who gave him tha initial formation? th's what was dangous, but looks to me like they're trying to right the ship now. maybe somebody will lose their jobs after this viewbut i
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thk it's right to not just fire off ashot. >>anita, the system, or some people in it, have been compromised, haven't the >> no, matt, i think what dana said is importt, which i when something like this happens, as the president said, you do a review, you figure out what went ong, you fix what needs to be fixed going into the future, and above all, you do what you need to do to keep the arican people safe and secure, which is the commitment president obama made when he took office, it's the commitment he is going to keep. i think that t reviews going to be very important for the white house moving forward to make sure, maybe there's some things tt have beenn place for yrs that were right five years ago aren't right for toy. we face an enemy that is nimble, quick and ever changing their tactics. we have to be as nimble and quick as well. >> right. >> and i think that that' one of the things that is going to be important coming t of this is how do we stay one step ahead as opposed to playing catch-up. >> let me touch on another aspect of this, and i'd lik to touch it o it briefly, because i
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do think we can get rid of it. this idea that people are saying that the president doesn't take the threat of terrorism seriously enou because he's not t there talking about it every day. we hear him talk about heah care and the economy. can we admit thatny wartime president als with terrorism on a daily basis even if he is not out there speaking about it on a daily basis? >> i have no doubt tha as soon as president obamaalke int the oval office h realized the full weight of his responsibilities, and i'm sure it's the first thing that he thinks about every morning when he wakes up. here's where the problem is, though, matt. it's n whether or not that's where the focus is internally, it's tt peop arod the world,nd especially in america, feel like they haven't heard enough about it. it's not that -- >> you're sayin it's an image problem? >> wel i tnk tt they have written a narrative that he is interested in it but not as interested in it as may ty would like him to be. wtten a narrativ anita, i da trying to hint at the choiz of words he uses here sometimes, is that the problem? >> you know, matt, i think it's interesting that people,
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particularly some of the republicans who have tried to politicize this, are now reduced to quibbng about semantics. i mean, the reality is that it was barely a monthgo whenhe presidentade a major primetime spch to the americaneople from west point, new york, precisely on the subject of the war on terror and what we needed to do to continue that and to win it. it is something tt he has talked good from his inaugural. it is something that h has been acti on. he is briefed every morning, every morning -- >> okay, but -- >> -- as predents are. and dana, let me finish. and the reality is that, you know, this is something that the administration has been active on. john brennan made a major speech in august outlining the strategy -- >> i'm running out of time and i want to give dana the lt word. >> hers the thing, anita, if that were true, we wldn't be having tsiscussion today. i'm not trying to make it political, but i am sayin that from a narrative standpoint, ey have written themselves into a coer. i think they're trying toix it and i think it'smportant that
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the command in chief h that meeting yesterday and make sure that erybody knows, this is the top priority and i want you to innovate and get ahead of these terrorists. >> and anita, i am going to ask you one last qstio in 10, 15 seconds, if you can. the decisiony chris dodd and byron dorgan to not see relectn, is this bad pr dayor democrats today that might work out better in the long ha? >> matt, six republican senators have announced they're not running for re-election. two democratic senators are announcing they're not running for re-election. maybe in washington new math, that's bad for the democrats, but the reality is, we're going to wage active campaigns f both those seats, and i think at they'll bothe vy competitive. anitaunn andana perino, ladies, thanks nice thave you both here. >> thank you. >> it's 12 minutes aer the hour. once again, re's medith. >> matt, tnk you. airline safety is not the white house's onlyecurity concern. we're so learning more about a third uninvited guest who managetoneak into the obamas' white house state dinner
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back in november. nbs norah o'donnell has details. good morning to you, norah. >> reporter: good morning, medith. a lawr for the alleged third party craer admits to nbc that not only did his client get into the white house, but he stayed for dinner, and he insistse was invited, but the secre service says this guy was never on a list. his namesarlos allen, caught on camernterg the front door of the white house, just moments before the president stood in the veryame place with the prime minister of india. allen was not on any official guest lis and snuck in withhe indian official delegation w had gathered before at the willard hotel. the state department was responsible f escorting t group, and an administration official tells nbcnews, "we absolutely should have caught it." >> the secret service d put this individual through magnetomets, but the secret rvice did aolutely no background check on him. sohe could have been a
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murderer, he could have been involv with terrorist groups. reporter: b unlike the salahi gate crashers -- >> mr. and mrs. salahi. >> reporter: -- the secret service says it appea allen never had contact with the prident or first lady. a d.c. party promoter, allen likes to be photographed with celebrities. his website even shows a party shot with michaele salahi, who also crashed the dinner. >> it is, i must say, an extraordinary coincidence that there would be three gate crashers who actually knew each other coming into the white house in different directions. >> reporter: so, who exactly is carlos allen? he runs an event company called hush galleria, which promotes itself as placing "up and coming individuals with elite individuals in luxury environments." >> a lot of times, you know, we've always focused on people's, like, what they're driving, what they're wearing, but we never talk about, you know, what they're doing as far as good things. >> reporter: the fact that three
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uninvited guests got into the white house is raising new questions about the secret service. >> it's pretty difficult to say that somebody didn't fail to do their job. >> reporter: on december 3rd, the director of the secret service told congress the salahis crashing the party was a "isolated incident." >> there were no other people there that night. >> reporter: nbc news had learned it was not until two weeks later that the secret service learned that carlos allen had, in fact, also slipped through security. >> it would be very easy, given the secret service's corner-cutting, for an assassination to take place. >> reporter: now, congress is not happy about this. the head of the committee on homeland security, betty thompson, says this third incident shows "a pattern of the secret service failing to protect the president." now, the secret service admits some mistakes, but they say they have taken the steps to make sure that this never happens again. meredith? >> hope not. norah o'donnell, thank you very much. it is 7:15, and once again, here's matt. >> meredith, thank you. now to the deadly deep
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freeze that simply won't end. in fact, right now the nation is in the middle of the longest stretch of below-normal temperatures in some 25 years. nbc's janet shamlian's in kansas city, missouri. janet, good morning to you. >> reporter: matt, good morning. 14 degrees in kansas city right now, and it's only going to get colder over the next few days. two-thirds of the country, temperatures are in a free fall, and forecasters say unlike most cold snaps, which last two or three days, this one is going to hang on. in a winter that's already dumped travel-crippling snow and ice on much of the nation, now comes the deep freeze. >> some of the coldest air of the season so far will be moving in. >> blowing snow, even blizzard conditions possible at times. >> reporter: bitter, bone-chilling cold blanketing as much as two-thirds of the u.s., from the rockies, pushing east, and deep into the shell-shocked south. >> what are you going to do? they wanted to go swimming, you know? we came to florida to go to the beach. >> reporter: even where they expect winter's worst, it's a
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record-breaker. minus 37 in international falls, minnesota, minus 16 in st. joseph, missouri. by week's end, little rock could see 10 degrees, dallas will be in the 20s. >> when you have conditions like this, sustained periods of this kind of cold weather, it really is about protecting people's lives. >> reporter: the nation's bread basket turning into an ice box. in des moines, iowa, tim cullen is using three space heaters that are doing little to cut the chill. >> i've got to admit, this is the coldest i think i've ever been. >> reporter: beyond the cold, even more snow is coming. >> frozen, like a popsicle. >> reporter: not everyone is running from the cold. >> we're just conditioning our bodies -- >> exactly. >> -- to enjoy the rest of the winter. >> we live here. we might as well face the facts, right? >> reporter: forecasters say what's unusual about this cold snap is how widespread it is and how long it will last. >> i think it's miserable. >> i've got four pair of socks on and my feet still get cold. >> reporter: so, dangerously cold, in fact, the cdc has
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issued an advisory about exposure to these elements, including, matt, the risk of frostbite and hypothermia. matt, back to you. >> all right, janet, thank you very much. janet shamlian in kansas city. by the way, in our next half hour, we'll get some tips on how to drive in all these dangerous and icy conditions. >> all right, but for now, let's get a check of the rest of the morning's top stories from ann curry at the news desk. hey, annie, good morning. >> hey, meredith and matt. good morning, everybody. we begin with a missile strike during the night believed to be fired by the united states. it struck northwest pakistan, blowing up what is described as a militant compound and killing at least four people. it is the third strike this year aimed at the taliban and al qaeda. in the effort to track down a man whose security breach shut down a terminal for six hours, a setback. on tuesday, investigators determined that a camera system at the security checkpoint was not working properly at the time of the incident. officials in california are looking into the cause of a deadly helicopter crash on tuesday. they say the helicopter was carrying biologists in the
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sierra national forest. four people were killed. a small plane crashed outside of chicago, killing all people board. it is not clear yet why it went down in a river in a forest preserve. members of an antiwhaling group are accusing a japanese whaling ship of deliberately ramming their boat today off antarctica. the boat had its front sheered off in the collision. the six crew members were rescued. the whaling ship blames the smaller boat for the collision. this morning overseas markets are mostly lower. cnbc's melissa lee is at the stock exchange with more. what are you hearing about holiday shopping season? something about that? >> well, ann, you didn't think you would be thinking about this for 11 months or so, but not so for wall street. good news, the holiday shopping season turned out better than expected, proving that leaner inventories and fewer discounts actually paid off. it was the jewelers and consumer electronics stores that did the best, and those online retailers actually posted the strongest gains, 17%, in the month of december, thanks to all of that
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cold winter weather, ann. >> melissa lee this morning, thanks, melissa. and you may not know his name, but you certainly know his work. david murbach, who selected the rockefeller center christmas tree for the last 26 years, has died of heart disease. he spent each year looking for a tree, including this year's tree that had what he called personality and character. david murbach was 57 years old. it is now 7:20. let's go back to matt and meredith. now we know who to thank for those 26 years of heart-warming images -- >> certainly knew how to pick beautiful trees year after year after year. >> provided us with a lot of happiness. condolences to his family. mr. roker has left us in the chilly northeast for some warmer temperatures. he's in las vegas, baby, for the -- what are you there for, the consumer electronics show, al? >> that's
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>> already a little bit of light snow around the area this morning. it is infiltrating the eastern shore. very light, just a little bit of light dusting. flurries across this afternoon. milder today, upper 30' >> and that's your latest weather. meredith? >> al, thank you very much. coming up, new details about the unusual and troubled life of 30-year-old johnson & johnson heiress, casey johnson. but first, this is "today" on nbc.
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just ahead, an exclusive sneak peek at the baby panda about to make his debut at the san diego zoo. >> almost as cute as matt lauer.
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on sunday. 27 is the high on sunday. our next live update is at 7:55.
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7:30 now on this wednesday morning, january 6th, 2010. these fine folks enjoying a relatively milder morning here in midtown manhattan. it's already a balmy 27 degrees. and we could actually get above freezing for the first time this week. i'm meredith vieira alongside matt lauer. and speaking of all the cold, many spots are also dealing with snow and ice, as we know, and even in places that aren't used to those dangerous driving conditions. so, just ahead, what you need to know to keep safe out on the
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road. >> always cringe when you see those things. also ahead, talk about adorable. a panda was born at the san diego zoo five months ago but has not been seen in public yet, waiting for the big debut. that moment is tomorrow. our cameras got an exclusive sneak peek. we'll introduce you to him, coming up. >> very sweet. plus, three remarkable weight loss stories. we're going to introduce you to three people who managed to lose half of their body weight. they will be here to show off their new looks. but we're going to begin with the latest on the untimely death of casey johnson, the 30-year-old heiress to the johnson & johnson fortune. was she living in squalor, surrounded by rats during her final months? we're going to talk to addiction expert dr. drew pinsky in a moment, but first, here's nbc's miguel almaguer. >> reporter: casey johnson was born with money, but it was fame she sought. now some wonder if it was her hollywood lifestyle that contributed to her sudden and surprising death at just 30 years old. >> now, what we're hearing is,
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don't be surprised from our sources if prescription drugs turn out to be a factor in all of this. we're hearing from sources very close to casey that she took numerous prescriptions on numerous occasions. >> reporter: a source close to the johnsons tells nbc news the family doesn't believe drugs were involved and points out casey's lifelong struggle with severe diabetes. friends say they've been trying to contact johnson for days before her body was found monday in her los angeles home, prompting speculation that she may have lapsed into a diabetic coma. with an autopsy just completed, the coroner is waiting for toxicology reports before declaring an official cause of death. ♪ i am stuck on band-aid brand because band-aid's stuck on me ♪ >> reporter: an heirs to one of america's largest fortunes, casey's great-great grandfather created the johnson & johnson brand. the documentary "born rich" showcased the johnson family as having as much time as money on their hands. >> so, i want to ask him what he
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thinks i should do with my life. >> reporter: a private and reserved bunch, the johnson family name was dragged into the tabloids after casey accused her aunt of stealing her boyfriend in a "vanity fair" article. it was the start of some salacious scandals. after declaring she was a lesbian, johnson had a violent fight with then girlfriend and yahoo! heiress courtney semel, in which johnson's hair was reportedly lit on fire. johnson also faced criminal charges after being charged with burglarizing an ex-girlfriend's home. it was video like this from that concerned johnson's parents, including her father, the owner of the new york jets. her reputation as a notorious party girl may have led to her mother's decision to take custody of the girl johnson adopted in 2007, deepening a family rift that was never reconciled. >> her family was so concerned, in fact, they cut off her fortune, they said enough is enough, they were hoping that they could strangle the money, get the money away from her,
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maybe it would lead to, you know, an end to this lifestyle. >> reporter: even if she didn't have money, johnson still had famous friends. she turned down an invitation to co-star in paris hilton's reality show "a simple life." >> this is fun. ♪ >> reporter: later calling the decision the biggest mistake of her life. after reportedly pitching her own reality show -- >> 17 karats, baby, woo! >> reporter: -- johnson became engaged to tila tequila, another reality show star. but even that, say hollywood insiders, appeared to be a grab for fame. now, in a twist of irony, casey johnson may now be more famous in death than in life. for "today," miguel almaguer, nbc news, hollywood. >> dr. drew pinsky counsels stars on how to deal with their addictions on his show "celebrity rehab with dr. drew." good morning to you. >> good morning, meredith. >> you hear this story about casey johnson. here was a young woman born with
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a silver spoon in her mouth. she had access to whatever she wanted. >> yes. >> and yet, at the end of her life, friends describe her as a train wreck, in and out of rehab, addicted to drugs and alcohol, according to her friends, a party girl, dies alone in what the "new york post" is reporting today was a rented house with no heat, electricity, water, with rats -- >> oh, my goodness. >> -- in the pool. how does something like this happen? >> well, it's very, very, very sad. the press is replete with stories of celebrities today dying with health-related illness. not nary a day goes by we're not hearing about these things. in these cases with diabetes, you have medical problems and psychiatric problems combined to create a deadly combination. >> her family said that depression often comes with diabetes. and again, we're speculating on a lot of this. >> right, all speculation. there's been an autopsy. we really don't know anything yet. it's hearsay, but the reality is that juvenile onset diabetics that have lifelong diabetes often have high incidence of depression. >> her friends say towards the
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end of her life, she had been self-medicating, things were not going well with her. she was fighting with friends, estranged from family. her daughter had been taken from her by her mom. are you surprised by things like this? >> self-medicating for me has little meaning. yes, there is a reason you start self-medicating, taking things to make yourself start feeling better, but usually a second condition is triggered, and that's addiction. and once you have that condition, it doesn't matter what you were taking the drugs for in the first place, you now have a second life-threatening problem. in the case of casey, i guess she had an insulin pump of some type -- >> exactly. >> and if you're altered, not using appropriate judgment, your cognition is off and you can't follow the careful, structured regimen of diabetes, you could easily lose control of how to monitor your blood sugar, and certainly, mind-altering substances can contribute to that being a fatal problem. >> and there were reports that had she been found earlier -- and she may have been dead up to a week -- >> wow. >> or just short of a week.
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>> isn't that something? >> that maybe she could have been helped. >> absolutely. these are relatively common conditions in diabetics, high or low blood sugar episodes. there are brittle diabetics, as casey is described, in and out of the hospital with these problems. >> let's talk about the lifestyle she supposedly led. as i said before, she was a party girl, very interested in fame and becoming a big name in hollywood, like that of her close friends. she was very close to the hiltons. why do you think that was so important for her? i'm sure you've seen that with other celebrities. >> well, boy, meredith, i wrote a book on this topic. you know, why has fame become an autonomous motivator for young people today? and i think fundamentally -- this is a big topic, but fundamentally, it is an attempt to fill emptiness. when people come from childhoods that haven't been fulfilling, when they have a lot of chaos in their lives, when there's a lot of addiction, fame becomes a way to solve that problem, and to make themselves feel better, to sort of solve -- call it a narcissism, where they need to fill the void, the emptiness.
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and unfortunately, as you see with celebrities every day who are suffering and continuing to have severe mental health consequences, it really doesn't solve any problems. >> do you think it will send a message to other celebrities out there? i mean, a lot of condolences went out her way immediately from some of the other celebrities out in hollywood. >> yeah. you know, will it change celebrities? no, because celebrities tend to have a lot more mental health libts than the average population. the real question i have to ask is when are we going to have had enough of this as viewers and consumers of media, we really chew this stuff up, and we've got to begin to think about the fact that these are serious medical problems that are taking lives in the media rou tleevenl now, and we've got to stand up and sort of recognize what this is and not sit in sort of disdain and envy and chew this material up the way we tend to. >> dr. drew pinsky, thank you as always. >> my pleasure. >> a new season of "celebrity rehab with dr. drew" begins tomorrow on vh1. now let's check on the weather with al, who is in las
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vegas this morning. >> thanks a lot, meredith. a lot of cool stuff. for example, cool, this is the samsung ice touch. it's an oled, an organic light emitting display that lets you see through your mp3 player, which is really cool. and talk about cool, you get these cool glasses and you can watch 3d television. this is from sony, a 16-inch -- on a regular screen it doesn't look as impressive, but take it from me, it looks like you can reach out and touch the fish on this screen. it's amazing. they haven't even priced this yet, but it is awfully -- and look how thin the television is. thin is in here at the consumer electronics show. very, very cool. let's take a look, see what's going on as far as your weather's concerned, as i break into maybe superstition by stevie wonder. you can see on the storm track, we've got the low pressure bringing the snow across the plains.
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as the snowman juggles his snowballs, you can see we're looking at this thing working its way across the country. by thursday it's in the midsection in the upper ohio river valley and then it makes its way off the eastern coast by friday. snowfall amounts, going to be heavier back through the upper midwest, talking about anywhere from six to nine inches of snow from bismarck all the way to pittsburgh. heavier snowfall amounts back through west virginia. as it gets to the east coast, we're basically looking at one to three inches of snow, but >> we have a slight chance of flurries but a little more sunshine. at 30 degrees in baltimore today.
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for your latest weather any time of the day or night, go to the weather channel on cable or online. meredith? >> al, thank you very much. and -- oh, wait, i don't have the glasses on. al, thanks. up next, winter driving worries. what you need to know to stay safe behind the wheel.
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we are back at 7:43. with much of the country dealing with bitter cold, snow and ice, chances are, you're facing some pretty nasty driving conditions as you head out the door this morning. nbc's tom costello's in washington with a lesson on how to drive on the slippery stuff. tom, good morning. >> reporter: hey, matt, good morning. first of all, aaa reminds us a few things we should have in the car. first of all, they suggest a shovel, a cell phone, in case you need to call for help, also a flashlight, first aid kit, even kitty litter to put underneath the tires to give you traction. you may remember when the "today" show sent me to the colorado winter driving school? we thought this may be a good occasion to revisit some of the lessons we learned in steamboat springs. it's one of mother nature's most dangerous, even deadly, driving combinations. each year, snow and ice are a
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factor in 250,000 automobile accidents. 64,000 injuries, nearly 1,400 deaths. exactly what they teach drivers to avoid at bridgestone's winter driving school in colorado. >> our goal is to teach you to be alert, proactive drivers. ♪ >> reporter: let's do it. it all happens on a snow-packed track. >> i'd like you to speed up on the straightaways. >> reporter: in the shadow of steamboat mountain. >> the difference between driving on dry pavement and on ice is that ice magnifies bad driving techniques because you have so little traction. >> reporter: rule number one -- watch your speed. >> brakes, brakes, brakes, brakes, brakes. >> reporter: riding shotgun with me, veteran instructor kurt spitsner, who assures me that even though i've grown up driving in colorado -- ♪ spin me right round, baby, right round ♪ -- i still have a thing or two to learn. what's the number one mistake people make when they're driving on snow and ice? >> they try to brake and turn at
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the same time. >> reporter: you've got to do one or the other? >> one or the other. >> reporter: stopping on snow or ice can take four to ten times longer than on dry pavement. if you misjudge your stopping distance, it could be too late. and if your car is equipped with antilock brakes, the key is to apply solid pressure. don't let up. the brakes will lock and release on their own, providing more traction. if you don't have antilock brakes, you do want to pump the brakes. >> absolutely. the whole idea behind antilock brakes is that it keeps the tires rolling. >> reporter: because a moving tire provides the necessary grip. by pumping the brakes on a car without abs, you get that grip. the experts say when you're in a slide, look in the direction you want to go rather than the direction you're headed. >> look toward the solution. don't look toward the problem. >> reporter: finally, this is where all the skills come together, the steering, the braking. the car has to come down this hill and avoid a car accident represented by these blue cones, then go another 45 feet down the hill and avoid yet another
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accident. first few times, i skidded right through the cones. but with practice -- the third time was the charm. a better feel for snow and ice and having passed the class, maybe a break on my car insurance. yeah, that worked out pretty well, thanks to the today show, a break on my car insurance. i want to reiterate the main point of that class. if you have antilock brakes, you apply pressure and don't let up. the brake is going to pop back up on you. that's okay. you apply pressure. if you don't have antilock brakes, that's when you do pump your brakes. matt, back to you. >> all right, tom, good information, as always. well done. up next, an exclusive look at the san diego zoo's adorable, new baby panda.
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a rare unveiling is set for tomorrow at the san diego zoo. a panda born five months ago will finally make his debut. and nbc's lee cowan got an exclusive sneak peek. >> reporter: the public doing didn't start right away. after all, when yun zi was first down, he was a hairless clump only a mother could love. but in those four ounces was indeed a miracle, a rare addition to china's endangered panda population. >> a lot of people think that just because it is our fifth
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panda that, you know, it's old hat and we're getting used to it. it's extremely exciting. >> reporter: yun zhi quickly grew into his fur, into his paws and into his personality. >> they're so cute, like a stuffed animal. >> reporter: gail logged on to the zoo's web cam once a week to watch his progress. >> now it's very aggressive and loud. i think they're cute and shows its emotions and tells everybody what it thinks. >> oh, dang! >> reporter: at 5 months, he's basically a toddler, mildly curious, but that tires him out. >> a lot of napping, but that's pretty standard for even a giant panda adult. they eat, they nap, they forge and repeat. >> reporter: and the foraging part can be a challenge. take breakfast. his mother casually batted yun zhi out of the way, saving the rest for herself. it's her way of teaching. she's done it before, after all.
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yun zhi is the youngest of five. he gets to share the space with his two older sisters, but not for that long. his oldest sister here, su lin, is scheduled to head back to china this year in part of their own breeding program. >> part of what we want to do here is boost the numbers at the research centers in china as well, with the ultimate goal of reintroducing pandas back to the wild. >> reporter: for now, the lit e littlest will become one of the zoo's biggest attractions, a source of panda pride that only a few zoos can offer, and only until they're old enough to go home. lee cowan, nbc news at the san diego zoo. >> so sweet to see the bond, right, between the mom and baby. >> so much love there. it's adorable. >> meanwhile, eat, nap, forrage and repeat. that's my dream life. >> we should have been born pandas. >> dream on. >> doesn't get better than that. >> if you want to check out the san diego zoo's panda cam, you can do so by logging on to our
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website. so cute. just ahead, $100 for the groceries for 25 cents. the coupon mom's secrets revealed.
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>> live, local, latebreaking. this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> good morning. i am stan stovall. we want to get that check on the morning commute with sarah caldwell and traffic pulse 11. >> dealing with several accidents, westminster, blocking all lanes, southbound bridge 127, is about 140 at sullivan road, shut down due to an accident. on the outer loop at the harrisburg expressway, a tractor
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trailer fire being reported. lyons mill road and owings mills, accident clean-up still in the process. at mlk and druid hill avenue, a crash there. another accident in the catonsville region. we are hearing that it does involve a pedestrian if you travel in belair, watch for crash scene here. and in the aberdeen vicinity, another accident. not so busy on southbound 95 coming out of the white marsh area. you will have some delays, but nothing major out there. here is with a big delays are on the outer loop northeast side. the tractor trailer fire reported. that is the latest on traffic pulse 11. >> we are still seeing a little light snow on the eastern shore. we are seeing red muffler is making the way across central maryland. -- seeing random flurries making
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their way across central maryland. in a little bit better today. tonight, snow on the four best and it will persist through friday morning. >> our next live upd
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8:00 now on a wednesday morning. it is the 6th day of january 2010. you know what? it's still chilly out here in the northeast, but not nearly as bad as it has been over the last couple of days. we've got temperatures up around 26 degrees right now. believe it or not, it's balmy for us, and just want to take a second to stop and show you these nice people who have gathered here on the plaza. i'm matt lauer along with meredith vieira. a little better out hire, right?
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>> it's not bad at all. >> not bad. are you a coupon clipper? >> i want to be one, but i'm not. >> what does that mean? >> because i think i should be, but i don't have the patience. >> we have the coupon mom with us today. get this, we sent her to the grocery store. she bought $100 worth of groceries and paid 25 cents. >> see, that's a reason to be a coupon clipper. >> exactly right. we're going to talk to her, get some secrets from her in just a little while. >> okay. plus, millions of americans last week made a resolution that they wanted to lose some weight. this morning you're going to meet three people who shed a lot more than a few pounds. they each lost half their weight. their new looks, just ahead, and we'll tell you how they did it. >> all right. and if your portfolio took a big hit in 2009 -- and i think the average one dropped about 30% -- >> right. >> an expert will show us some great bargain areas to invest in for 2010. but before we get to that, let's go inside. ann's standing by with a look at the headlines. >> all right, matt, thanks so much. good morning once again, everybody. in the news this morning, word early today that two democrats in the u.s. senate
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will not seek re-election is highlighting the party's fragile hold as a filibuster-proof majority. today, connecticut senator chris dodd, chair of the banking committee and a key figure in the health care reform debate, is to announce he will not seek a sixth term. and north dakota democrat byron dorgan said tuesday that he will not run again. meantime, a rising star in the democratic party, colorado governor bill ritter, has also decided that he will not seek re-election for a second term in november. suspected u.s. missile strikes in northwest pakistan today killed at least 13 people. the air raids took place in a region of north waziristan considered a haven for militants who attack u.s. troops in neighboring afghanistan. president obama says he is determined to move forward on airline security after reprimanding his top intelligence officials. the president said on tuesday that a failed christmas day bombing, planned bombing, was a screw-up that could have been disastrous, in his words. he said if officials had enough information to stop the bombing
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attempt but did not put the pieces today. officials are investigating why a surveillance camera at newark international airport was not recording on sunday during a security breach that delayed thousands of travelers. federal agents had to access a separate airline camera before they could view images of a mystery man who had bypasses security screeners. by then, he was already gone. icy temperatures across the south had farmers struggling to salvage their fruit crops. strawberry and citrus crops are in trouble from the gulf coast to florida. and to the north in new york state, where there is up to four feet of snow on the ground, a second wave of cold air is on the way. now here's brian williams with what's coming up tonight on nbc "nightly news." hey, brian. >> hey, ann, thanks. coming up tonight, here's the question -- can women be both fat and fit? we'll have the story of two women, two different body types. one got a perfect bill of health from her cardiologist. the other got a wake-up call. our special series on women's health continues tonight. we'll look for you then. back to you for now.
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>> i'll be there. thanks, brian. it is now 8:03. let's go back outside to meredith and matt. >> thank you, ann. before we go to al in vegas, your name is marcus? >> yes. >> take the mike. you have something you want to say, marcus? >> we haven't been together that long, but i love you and i was wondering if you -- will you marry me? >> who's got the ring, guys? >> i need an answer. >> yes. >> yeah! there you go. congratulations! >> marcus and kat, and suddenly, it's really hot here in new york city. >> you get to keep the microphone. >> congratulations. >> take it as a parting gift. congratulations. >> flash the ring, baby. it's beautiful. lovely. >> al's got a check of the weather. he's in las vegas this morning. al, we're doing your job for you back here. >> nicely done, marcus. >> maybe they could come out
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here and get married in vegas. >> there you go. >> oh, there you go! >> we're at the consumer electronics show, and this is every guy's dream. this is everything you want for your man cave is out here, including the latest technology. paul hochman from "fast company" magazine is here. paul, last year, we showed wireless electricity with a light bulb. this takes it like a light -- literally light years away. >> this is going to change everything. this is one of the true revolutions you'll see at the consumer electronics show every few years. higher electronics is the television company that is doing this. it is wireless electricity, meaning it's transferring power from this thing behind us to here. >> right. >> the guts of it is made by a company called witricity. this is a coil in here that creates a magnetic field that vibe rates at a very high frequency and transfers power to other devices. >> right now, the tv's got to be about six, seven feet away from this, but eventually -- >> yes. >> -- you could move the tv anywhere in your home. >> yes, the revolution is there
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be no more cables connecting gadgets to the wall. you won't have to plug in -- >> it is also receiving the television signal wireless. >> that's the great thing, too. instead of transferring power from here to here, they have created wireless high-definition video translated wirelessly to the television. you can put your television anywhere in the house, eventually, and you'll be able to do it without cable. >> so, this is kind of like when we had ethernet and you had to jack it into the router and then you had wi-fi. this is the same thing, only with electricity and -- >> very good analogy, exactly. most people remember connecting that cable to their computer. now, of course, it's through the air. >> wow, that's pretty cool. when will this be available? >> this is going to be a couple years. this is a prototype, but there >> up for 30's by this afternoon. this is the mildest we have been all week long. a slight chance for some flurries. tomorrow
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>> and that's your latest weather. matt? >> hey, al, get this, marcus just proposed here a second ago. they're gone! they took off. i'm not going to say where they're going, but someone's going to have a good morning. anyway -- >> they're going to dean & deluca! >> yeah, right. when we come back, half their size. three people share their amazing weight loss transformations. lt . (girl) really? yeah. there you go. okay, i'm gonna work on the roof. dad, i'll be right back! (announcer) it's more than just that great peanut taste, choosing jif is a simple way to show someone how much you care.
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i put it in my mouth, and then just 'pow'. after using sensodyne iso-active the sensitivity in my teeth subsided. the taste was great. i've told everyone about it-- double thumbs up. ♪ this morning on "take it off today," shedding half their body weight. it's truly an amazing feat, especially for people who have struggled their entire lives to lose weight. and in a moment, we're going to meet three people who did just that. their stories are featured in "people" magazine's annual "half their size" issue. galina espinoza is the magazine's senior editor. galina, good morning to you. >> good morning. >> last week we met three people on this show who had lost half their body weight. today we're going to meet three more. what is it about these folks that makes their stories so unique? >> i think the fact that they are able to do it on their own. you know, we get used to seeing reality television versions of how to lose weight, where people go and spend time in a special
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camp and they have trainers and nutritionists -- >> well, and don't knock that too much on nbc -- >> absolutely. >> there's something good about that, but -- >> no, absolutely, but for most people, it's not realistic. >> not realistic. >> these are people who in their everyday lives spent years working in, figuring out how to eat again, how to exercise, reprogramming themselves. >> exactly. >> and if they can do it, anyone can. >> and as you point out, they've done it through diet and exercise, the old-fashioned way. >> and it's a lot of hard work and a lifetime commitment, and i think that's the inspiration. >> let's get started. we have a before picture of brandy blackburn, who is 25 years old, from virginia. she lost 177 pounds from her starting weight of 340 pounds. there she is before. brandy, we cannot wait. come on out. ♪ she looks -- you look fantastic. >> thank you. >> how do you feel? i know you used to be self-conscious about your body. >> oh, it's amazing now. i'm a totally different person since i've gotten the weight off. >> in fifth grade, i understand, you already weighed 200 pounds. by the time you graduated high school, your heaviest weight of
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340 pounds. why do you think, now looking back, that your weight spiraled out of control like that? >> i had awful eating habits. i never learned like good nutrition and good eating value, and i never worked out. and i'm from the south, so eating is a way of life and we all enjoy it. >> we all like it fried down there, too. >> absolutely. >> double fried. >> fry anything down there. and i never learned the good, core values of how to eat well and work out. >> and once you started working out, exercising and dieting, it took you two years to reach your goal weight. were there moments along that path where you thought, you know what, i'm not going to be able to do this? because everybody has plateaus, and -- >> oh, right, but i found a very good support system at that helped me get through those plateaus and keep going. >> and i know a lot of people don't recognize you. best moment since you've lost the weight? >> easy. we were at a company dinner and one of my husband's co-workers walked in and thought my husband had remarried -- >> really? >> because i looked so different. >> wow. >> or you were the girlfriend that no one knew about. >> secret from someone. >> well, you look fantastic,
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brandy. >> all right. >> and how long have you been able to keep it off to this point? >> i've been this weight for almost a year now. >> that is great. >> yes. >> congratulations to you. >> thank you so much. >> we're going to check out a before photo of our second "half their size" individual. this is deanna cantu, who is 51 years old from texas. deanna lost 191 pounds from her starting weight of -- get this -- 333 pounds. deanna, come on out. ♪ why do i feel this way, promise of a new day ♪ >> you are so tiny! >> thank you. >> wow, my gosh. and there was a point -- i'm sure it is still fresh in your mind -- when you were so large, you couldn't fit into the conference chair at work at all. >> no, no. it was very disconcerting and depressing. >> yeah. so, how do you feel now? >> oh, i feel fantastic. i can do so many things that i've always wanted to do. i'm a golfer, so i can golf and i can walk. you saw the picture in "people" magazine, i was climbing, rock climbing with my boys. they were astounded. "mom, you're really going to try
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this?" i'm like, yeah, why not? i can do it now. >> you had thought about gastric bypass. >> i did. >> but your dental hygienist turned you on to jenny craig. >> that's right. >> why did the jenny craig program work for you? >> well, i'm not a cook and i gained weight eating junk food and eating out at restaurants. i ate 5,000 calories a day. that's the equivalent of what two grown men eat probably in a day. >> and not exercising at all to boot. >> no, totally succeed meantry. so jenny craig worked because it was easy to prepare the food and the support system. the hardest part for me was humbling myself and asking for help, but that's what i needed. so the food and the consultation worked for me. i've been on it for 2 1/2 years. >> and you didn't join a gym at all. >> no. >> you decided i'll just do my exercise at home. >> i just walked. austin is beautiful, the hills. i just walked. >> and she has two boys who keep her active. >> right. >> and speaking of two boys, we want to introduce 16-year-old michael cantu, who is deanna's
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son. he did not lose half his body weight, but he did lose over 100 pounds from his starting weight of 270 pounds. michael, come on out. oh, my gosh. wow. unbelievable. >> it's hard to believe he was ever overweight. >> you don't even remember. >> no, not really. it's just a blur. >> you really -- what happened was you were in new york with your mom, right? >> yes. >> and she said, let's get on a scale. you did. were you shocked to see your weight was 270 pounds? >> i was very shocked because i didn't want to look at the scale before that. i didn't want to know what i weighed. i knew i was heavy, but i didn't want to measure it. >> and you did it with lean cuisine meals and supplemented with fruits and veggies. was that hard for you? >> it was for the first few weeks before my stomach shrank because i was feeling very hungry, but once i got past that, it was easy to stay on because i felt full. >> and what advice would you give to folks who are looking at you going, wow, it is unbelievable, i wouldn't know how to get started? >> this is a lifestyle change. it's not a quick fix or a quick diet. you have to be committed to
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overhauling your whole life and get committed and stay committed to it. >> and anyone can do this. as a woman of a certain age, anyone can do this. >> i know the age, honey. thank you so much, brandy, deanna and michael. congratulations to all of you. >> thee. >> galina, thanks for bringing their stories to us. up next, how to cut your grocery bill in half and perhaps a lot more. the coupon mom shows us how. triglycerides are still out of line? then you may not be seeing the whole picture. ask your doctor about trilipix. statin to lower bad cholesterol, along with diet, adding trilipix can lower fatty triglycerides and raise good cholesterol to help improve all three cholesterol numbers. trilipix has not been shown to prevent heart attacks or stroke more than a statin alone. trilipix is not for everyone, including people with liver, gallbladder, or severe kidney disease, or nursing women. tell your doctor about all the medicines you take and if you are pregnant or may become pregnant. blood tests are needed before and during treatment to check for liver problems. contact your doctor if you develop unexplained muscle pain or weakness, as this can be a sign of a rare
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walmart. ♪ keep to clipping, keep on clipping ♪ we're back at 8:20, and this morning on "today's mom," slashing your grocery bill. if you don't think it's worth your time to clip coupons, you have not met the coupon mom. wait until you see how much she helped "today's" jenna wolfe save on a recent shopping trip. >> reporter: cutting coupons may not have been chic before, but it's time to get frugal and pinch a few pennies. >> if you want to save $100 a week on your groceries, you do need to plan and be organized. >> reporter: stephanie nelson is known as the coupon mom. >> here's a promotion. if you buy nine of this manufacturer's items, i'll get a coupon for $5 off my next shopping order, plus a free $1 reusable shopping bag. and guess what? i also have coupons, and the store doubles coupons. that's the perfect storm. >> reporter: double coupons have a big payoff, but you have to set aside brand loyalty. okay, so, you need deodorant.
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is this your brand and it happens to be on sale or are you being flexible? >> i am completely brand flexible. >> reporter: okay. >> so, in this case, if this item is usually $2.49, i'll actually pay 49 cents. people say, oh, like, there's no coupons for what i use. i'm like, well, there's always coupons for toothpaste, so at least save here so you have more money to spend on the food you like. i'll end up paying 35 cents for a tube of toothpaste that usually costs $3.19. that's a deal. this item is on sale for $1. i have a 50-cent coupon, which they'll double, and i'll actually get this free. and i have four packages free. >> reporter: the moment of truth. time to check out the savings. now comes the fun part. >> now comes the fun part. this is the exciting part. okay. >> reporter: for a grand total
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of? >> 25 cents. >> reporter: 25 cents? you got $100 worth of groceries for a quarter. >> that's right. and that includes tax. >> and stephanie nelson joins us now. her new book is called "the coupon mom's guide to cutting your grocery bills in half." stephanie, good morning. >> good morning. >> do checkout people immediately ask to go on break when they see you coming with all your coupons? >> i think you have to be considerate. you have to be organized. >> you come up with something called the strategic shopping method. what exactly is that? >> well, strategic shopping is not about changing the way you eat. i want to emphasize that. it's really about changing the way you buy the food that you like, and it's a combination of knowing what prices are for your items, knowing what stores' savings programs are and knowing how to use coupons easily. combine it all, you're getting 25 cents on your bill. >> you also think it's important for people to understand the kind of shopper they are, and you've identified three different -- the busy shopper, the rookie shopper and the varsity shopper. i'm assuming the varsity shopper gets the tricks?
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>> that's right. and the key was, in writing this book, i wanted to make sure that anyone who picked it up could save money. you don't have to be the ultra shopping spending hours a week. the busy shopper is the shopper who really is never going to spend any time before shopping planning a list. they're not going to cut coupons. they're doing well just to get to the store. >> right. >> so, i have tips on what they can do once they get to the store, such as simply picking up the sales flyer and buy what's on the front page. that's always half off. the rookie shopper may see this and say hey, i'll try that. >> going to dive in a little bit more. >> i'm going to learn a little more, and you can spend an hour a week planning your trip with sales and coupons and you could save half. >> and the varsity shopper plots the whole thing out and gets to the store prepared. couple of questions. you say everybody should ask, do you double, triple coupons? >> you want to understand their policies. do you double coupons? do you triple coupons? do you have your own store coupons? and do you accept competitors' coupons? >> how often does that happen?
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>> generally one store in each major metro area will do that to be competitive. >> what about internet coupons, do all stores accept them? >> most stores do. the key is to be sure that you print legitimate internet coupons, and you can do that from legitimate coupon sites. >> couple things i want to touch on quickly. if you're shopping for dairy products, what's the main thing to keep in mind? >> best thing to do there, i compared prices, is go with the store brand. you'll save dramatically and it's good quality. >> what about produce, is there a way to save it there? >> do it yourself. if it takes you less than five minutes to wash lettuce, peel carrots, peel potatoes, you'll save 50% just by doing that. >> meat and poultry, buy a whole chicken and cut it into parts? >> actually, i would say just go with the front page sale item that's 50% off each week and buy enough for two, three weeks, put it in the freezer. >> let's say we have people down the middle road. they haven't a varsity shopper or the busy shopper. what's the average you think people can save on their weekly grocery bill? >> it's realistic that a rookie shopper would be able to save 30% to 50% on their grocery
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bill, and this is real money. we're talking about thousands a year. i've done it for 16 years, $80,000. that's a lot of money. >> stephanie, congrats. thanks for the info. >> live, local, latebreaking. this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> good morning. i am mindy basara. let's get a final check on the morning commute with sarah caldwell. >> unfortunately, still dealing with a long list of accidents around the area. westminster, a crash, he spent 140 at sullivan road. watch for lane closures at -- in pikesville, watch for accident clean-up. we had a vehicle fire here but it has been put out.
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lyons mill road and owings mills, an accident clean-up still underway. at coldspring lane, an accident reported. another one still clearing with a pedestrian in catonsville. as far as delays, we not doing all that bad. we have one more to mentioned at jarrettsville at nelson mill road. on the west side, you can see some sun glare there, but the delays are not that bad. slow spots on the outer loop. harford road, and a bit heavier on the outer loop making your way from belair road towards the harrisburg expressway. >> we are monitoring some snow flurries out there. a light snow and getting through the eastern shore. we have seen that throughout this morning. we could see some of flurries throughout the afternoon. a burst of sunshine will take us into the upper 30's. tomorrow, increasing clouds. by tomorrow evening, some snow
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showers. it will persist overnight tonight. a couple of inches of snow are possible by friday morning. >> thank you for joining us. will another update at 8:55.
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good morning. >> good morning! >> 8:30 now on this wednesday morning, january 6th, 2010, 2010, however you want to say it. we have a loud, enthusiastic crowd. let's get some enthusiasm, guys!
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enjoying this day on rockefeller plaza, and we are happy they decided to drop by. just ahead, help if you're one of the many americans who lost a chunk of their retirement savings in 2009. and that is a lot of people. an expert will tell us where to put some of the savings this year to make back some of the lost money. >> and also if you noticed, we've padded the walls of the studio because tim allen is in the house. you know him from "home improvement," the santa movies. now he has a new movie, he financed, directed, made all the costumes, choreographed all the dance numbers. he's amazing. >> he's the man. >> we're going to talk to tim allen in a couple seconds. okay, you know, on this bitter cold week, what would make you feel yummy and cozy in terms of a good, hot meal? >> oh, i didn't know what you meant. >> didn't know where you were going with that. >> chicken pot pie, right? >> oh, the best. >> we have mark bittman here. a lot of people don't want to eat the pie part because people think it will make them
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chunkier. well, mark bittman has more on how to make the chunkiness and not the pie. by the way, did you know you were on a bucket list? >> i always worry, now that we've met you, you're not going kick the bucket now, are you? okay, good. >> not on the show, anyway, please. >> are you okay? >> no, i'm not. you want to tell? >> let's get a check of the weather right now. al is out in las vegas, as meredith kicks the bucket. >> oh, well. >> ooh, wow. sounds like she's got a hair ball. let's just stay on meredith for a while. >> no, no, no. go to weather. >> okay. we're here at the consumer electronics show in las vegas. and a lot of new stuff, including this lg, beautiful high-definition display. i mean, it is so thin. but the big news they're touting is this bd-590, this blueray disc. now, that's nothing new, right? but this has a 250-gigabyte hard
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drive on it, so it basically becomes a media center. you can watch movies, put photos in there, listen to your music. and the other thing -- look, i've got a blueray disc at home. you try to load that thing and it seems like it takes forever. look how fast this comes up. boom! you've got a movie playing. i love it. just happens to be a fine universal movie, "the bourne ultimat ultimatum." we love it and we're looking forward to the fourth bourne movie later. anyway, let's check your weather. i could watch this all day, but i can't. let's check your weather, see what's going on, and we'll show you for today we've got sunshine up and down the eastern seaboard, heavy snow working through the plains as another storm system comes in. the bitter cold continues down south. more rain in the pacific northwest. then for tomorrow, we're expecting the rain to move into the interior northwest then get out of there and they'll have sunshine but frijth conditions. snow from the great lakes all the way down into the mid-mississippi river valley. snow showers and snow flurries >> we have a slight chance of
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flurries but a little more sunshine. at 30 degrees in baltimore today. -- e.b. present baltimore >> that's your latest weather. now let's head on down to florida. uncle willie, how cold is it in ft. myers? >> so hot down here, you wouldn't believe it.
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believe me, you wouldn't believe it. hey, what is a gigabyte? do they sell those at mcdonald's? you're incredible. you know all that electronic -- >> gigabyte. >> unbelievable. see if you can find me an arvan radio from western auto. that was my kind of stuff. you're a beautiful man. happy birthday from smucker's. how sweet it is. i'll tell you, we've got some winners today. take a look, if you will, please. this is ora holland of tulsa, oklahoma. get this, if you ever wondered about whether doctors are always right, she was told by a doctor when she was born she wouldn't live to be 10 years old because of a bone disease. at 109, she can't find a doctor in the yellow pages anymore. leola brown is in town, dexter, kansas, 100 years old. secret to longevity is never drinking or smoking and enjoys fishing and growing veggies. boy, i'll tell you, more people live to be 100 like to garden.
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bess pirkle of cleveland, tennessee, 103. third time she's tried to get on the show. i'm glad she's on. she's in good shape. retired postal worker and helped to found the oldest baptist church in cleveland. god bless her. fred neiger, st. louis, missouri, meet me in st. louis, 100 years old. retired from the ministry at 96 and is going to go on a cruise with his family on his birthday. isn't that terrific? god bless him. and caroline miskiewicz, westbrookfield, mass. 100. proud member of the saturday singers group and active participant in a bowling league. look at roland. i love the name roland. roland sharer of burlingame, california, is 100 years old and won the senior tennis title at 93. he is a good man, and that's it! meredith, i love you, always have and always will. >> willard, thank you so much. and up next, funny man tim allen on his new project "crazy
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on the outside," but first,
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the funny and talented actor/comedian tim allen's probably best known for his role as tim "the toolman" taylor on the '90s sitcom "home improvement." his latest project he not only stars in, but also directs and produces. it's called "crazy on the outside." who thought of that title? tim allen, good morning. nice to see you. >> nice to see you, matt. >> direct, produce, star in. you couldn't find anybody else to help you out? what happened? >> i did costumes, funny joke. that was nice. >> good. why did you take on all those roles? >> the idea is, i've done a lot of movies and a lot of movies i wish were better, and i wondered about the director's role in the final edit, especially in comedy. sometimes we do great movies and i say, what happened to one scene when we did this and --
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>> you didn't want it left in somebody else's hands. >> well, costner's a friend of mine and he said look what i've done. and mel gibson's done that thing. this is not that scope, but it was a comedy. and chaplain always directed his comedies. i got the project. it was one of the funnier scripts i've ever read. disney owned it originally and thought it was a little adult. there was a little language in it, but i took most of it out and got a pg-13 out of it. >> and businesswise -- >> it didn't fit. >> you've done acting with sigourney weaver, kelsey grammar, julie bowan, and you drafted them into this. what's it like working with friends as a director? i mean, can you still have the same assertive stance, or do you go, well, we're all buddies, but please do it my way. >> well, that's what it was. i told them what the situation was, i'm the director. none of them even hiccupped. they said that's fine. they loved the script. and most of the actors, especially sigourney, because she's taller than me and i think she could take me in a cage match -- >> two out of three.
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>> easily. i mean, i could get her if she wasn't looking. but i said, look, when it gets to comedy, i'm very specific. that's why i'm doing this. i want you to say it as written or say it as i tell you. the only thing that i have no -- >> because it would seem crazy to want to direct something so you have control you didn't have in the other movies and give it up just because you're working with friends. >> right. the edit and muz puting the music together -- i have a great crew in los angeles and helicopter shots and all of the stuff i always wanted to do. i wish i had more time like every directors probably said. >> more money? >> more money. i was probably going, that water bottle's not empty. how about bring a lunch to work day and share with everybody? we were shooting in malibu and i'm looking down the beach at the santa monica pier, and i said, geez, look, that's a big movie. they lit up the whole sky, and my dp, robbie greenberg, said that's us. that's our cameras. we're lighting up the ferris wheel. i went, what does that truck cost? he said, well, the union gave you a deal, we'll keep it over
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two days -- all i hear is blah, blah, blah, blah, $5,000. oh, god. can't we just get some flash lights? they make the police ones that are really bright, l.e.d.s and stuff. >> you play tommy in the movie, and in this scene we're about to see, sigourney weaver is driving tommy home from prison where he's been for three years. let's take a look. >> let's go. grammy is busting. >> she's excited i'm finally out, huh? >> well -- >> "well"? well? hey, vick, well what? >> tom, we never exactly told her you were in prison. her heart. we were toofraid. >> i know about her heart. so, where have i been for three years? >> welcome home from france. >> france? >> we picked france, you know? we want to be friends with them. >> could have picked staten island, anywhere -- >> no, this script was so much fun and all the actors read it
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and said the same thing i did. it's really funny, but it clicks. it's an adult comedy with a bunch of heart to it. >> you were talking about money and lighting up the santa monica pier. i don't know why it came into my mind, but is it hard for you to get your arms around the idea that "avatar" has made over $1 billion in three weeks? >> those are the figures i'm looking for here. i'm looking -- i really have thought -- because i will say this about my movie, because sigourney's starring in this, too -- this is ten times funnier than "avatar." literally, "avatar's" good if you don't mind blue indians, but this is a much funnier movie. you know, james cameron is good, but i, i really see things bigger, huge. >> you live the santa monica pier. >> $1 billion is where we're headed. i want to own my own home. >> come back -- >> starts this friday, by the way. >> help tim allen not be a renter anymore. "crazy on the outside" opens in theaters this friday, as he just said. coming up next, investment bargains that could make you a
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lot of money, but first, this is "today" on nbc.
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back at 8:45. the average investor in the u.s. lost 30% of their retirement savings in 2009. cnbc contributor and author ron insanaa says the news is not all bad. his new book is called "how to make a fortune from the biggest bailout in u.s. history." ron, good morning to you. >> good morning, meredith. >> before we get to how to make a fortune, i want to talk about the housing numbers just out. pending sales of previously owned homes fell sharply in december by about 16%. does that mean we're really not out of this recession? >> no, in fact, it's probably just a quirk. what happened in october was most home buyers thought the tax credit of $8,000 was expiring. turned out, congress and white house extended it into april of this year. >> april, right. >> so, there was a payback because people loaded up in october trying to get that
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credit, thinking it was gone and november just fell back. i think when you look at how home stocks did yesterday on wall street, they were up even though the news was bad. this tells us we could reaccelerate again in december. >> hopefully so. your book, i guess the theory behind it is when the going gets tough, the tough start investing again. >> absolutely. >> what about people, we just said, losing 30% of their income? they're a little nervous about dipping their toe back in the stock market. >> and understandably so. i mean, listen, last two years have been extraordinarily rough, worst recession since, you know, the great depression, the unemployment rate went to levels we haven't seen since the early '80s. and 2009, there was a great rebound on wall street. 2010 is a year for main street, and if people understand that this year the economy will be good and that they can't really stand still. you know, there are opportunities on the real estate front in particular, which i think are generational in nature. this is one of the few times in life you get an opportunity to buy at the bottom of the market, whether it's a foreclosed home or a new home. you've got government assistance and you have very, very inexpensive prices. so, it's time to move.
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>> so, that's your number one piece of advice then, really -- >> yeah. >> rethink real estate at this point? >> absolutely. you look at what the government's doing until april, giving you a $8,000 tax credit, which you can use towards a down payment. the foreclosure market is interesting, whether in san diego, henderson, just outside of las vegas, phoenix, florida, where all new yorkers at age 60 are forced by law to move. there are 80,000 condos for sale in miami. there are a whole host of opportunities, both in existing homes and new homes, where you can find great bargains. >> moving beyond real estate, you say it is a good time to look at bank stocks. why bank stocks? >> well, you know, they were battered during this particular financial crisis. >> sure. >> and they're still relatively inexpensive if you're looking out five to ten years. i mean, it's not very often that you get a chance to buy citigroup, which is one of the biggest banks in this country, that's not going to fail, that's not going to be taken over by the government, for $3 and change. so it doesn't take that much money to put that in your retirement account, and if you think citigroup's gone in five
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or ten years, we have bigger problems than the amount of money you spent buying the stock. but if you think it will be $10, $15, $20, you'll make a lot on that initial investment. >> and looking at the bond market, tips or treasurely inflated protected securities. what are those? >> right. these are a special kind of bond created during the clinton administration that give you a bump up in yield, or the interest rate goes up as the inflation rate goes up. so, if you think that the economy's recovering and that the worst of the recession is behind us, as i do, then these bonds will be worth more, where regular bonds will be worth less. so, these are protected from future inflation and you get extra yield or extra interest rate payments as a consequence. and most financial experts think that these are one of the best buys out there right now for individuals. >> and in the 30 seconds we have left, the cautionary note in all of this? >> well, look, we can correct any time. we had a 60% rally in the stock market. real estate may have not hit bottom yet, although i think it has. in the next one to two years, anything could happen, but if you look out five to ten years, like a warren buffett or other
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professionals, they know that most of these assets are going to be higher in value. this is a good time to be buying. >> so, if you need your money right away, the book's not for you, but if you can span it out over 10, 15 years. >> if you need the money right away, it's never time to take risk. you put the money safely somewhere, very low yield so you know that it's there. but if you have 5, 10, 15, 20 years, this is where you should be jumping in. and you can buy a primary residence or you can buy investment properties now because the government has a $6,500 tax credit for people who already own homes who want to buy additional property. >> ron insana, thank you so much. your first investment should be the book "how to make a fortune." up ne
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this morning on "how to cook everything today," the perfect recipe on a cold winter's night, chicken, not pie. mark bittman is a "new york times" columnist and author of "food matters: a guide to conscious eating." mark, good morning. nice to see you. >> hello, matt. >> why would you do this to me? one of my favorite dishes is chicken pot pie, and my favorite part of chicken pot pie is the crust. >> it's revenge, sort of, really. >> is that what you're doing? what are we, trying to save calories here? >> well, we're trying to sort of change the proportions of the stuff that's really, really good for you and the stuff that's not good for you. your typical crust has a stick
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of butter, cup of flour, 1,200 calories. i can make you an enjoyable pot pie without that crust. >> chicken not pie. >> right. >> we've got chicken and leeks on the stove. >> there's olive oil in here. we've been sauteing these leeks for a couple minutes. >> okay. >> we're going to put in a little bit of wine. >> is this chicken stock? >> a little broth -- well, it's vegetable stock, but any stock will do. the whole thing. >> whole thing, okay. >> you can use water also. >> all right. >> herbs, thyme, better gone, whatever you like. this is tarragon. simmer these babies until they're -- >> using boneless chicken breasts, or tenderloins. >> which is the supermarket term for thinner chicken breasts, sliced chicken breasts. >> you'll cook those for a while but take them out before they're completely done. >> take them out just as they're finishing, because after that, they're going to dry out. >> okay, great. >> now we have an assortment -- we have a fabulous taste in broth, because it's broth accentuated by chicken, right, and the leeks.
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and we're going to add some potatoes. >> what kind of potatoes? >> yukon golds. was that a test? we have some parsnips and carrots. >> asparagus. >> asparagus and peas. >> you can use frozen if you don't have fresh? >> for peas, you can absolutely use frozen. for asparagus, you know, i might use some -- if there weren't fresh asparagus, i might use brussel sprouts or cabbage. this is kind of -- it's a stew. >> you can make some substitutions. how long does think to cook down? >> say ten minutes. >> all right, great. now -- >> and meanwhile, while that's cooking, you cut up your chicken. >> all right. make sure this hasn't dried out. still good. >> okay, good. i was worried there for a minute. >> it's okay. and that's going to go back in here. >> and you want that in big chunks. >> when that's -- well, you want -- you might want it in smaller chunks. you might want chunks like that. bite-sized chunks. >> and how long does this whole thing have to cook? >> i would say -- the chicken in the first pot for ten minutes,
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the vegetables in here for about ten minutes, and then warming the chicken -- this will thicken and warm -- another two or three minutes, basically. >> all right. so, that's cooked down for there and this is what it looks like. a lot of chicken pot pies have the creamy finish. this has more of a brothy finish to it. >> this is very brothy, and i think you can call it -- you know -- good morning. >> good morning. >> right on cue. spoon goes in the pot, the door opens. >> yum. >> call it, you know, there's an old-fashioned recipe called chicken in a pot, which is basically chicken with a bunch of vegetables. >> that's what this is. >> and that's kind of what this is. are you passing them down? >> thank you. this is chicken soup with most of the stuff -- >> and you can serve this with a great couple of biscuits, right, butter? >> dough, exactly. >> if you'd like -- >> and some butter. >> over some rice or noodles, anything you like, but there you go. >> let's try it. >> i started mine already, so -- >> you did. mark bittman's shochicken not p >> i still want the crust. >> of course you want it, but you can't have it, right?
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>> okay. if you can't have it, then you have the next best thing. >> you have to settle. this is okay. mark, thank you very much. >> what a compliment. thanks, matt. >> wow. >> live, local, latebreaking. this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> good morning. i am mindy basara. it is back to the court house for baltimore mayor sheila dixon. her lawyers hope to be granted a new trial c. it would focus mostly on. conduct did the defense argues that five of the jurors inappropriately contacted each other on facebook. if the trial is not granted, the mayor could face sentencing on january 21. stay with wbal-tv and for the latest updates and we will have a live
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>> now let's take a look at the forecast with sandra shaw. >> we have been on entering light snow, no major accumulation. flurries could be out there again this afternoon. 36 to 39. a little more sunshine this afternoon breaking through. we are concerned about thursday night injured friday. the clipper system will approach from the west. it will bring as a light dusting of snow, maybe one to two inches by friday morning. >> we will have another update in 25 minutes.
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